Great race, tough course (about: 2013)|
D. A. from Dallas, Texas (9/29/13)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Asheville City Marathon
This was a well organized race on a challenging course in a beautiful mountain city. The views were spectacular in places - crossing the river at dawn with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background - but the course could be brutal. Other than a four-mile stretch along the river, the hills were unrelenting, including some long, steep hills in the final miles.
There was some traffic on the course, but with the small size of the full marathon field and the early-morning start, this was never a problem. The organization of the race was impressive, particularly since this was the inaugural year of the full marathon. The course wasn't easily accessible to spectators, and there weren't many except at the start and finish. But the ample volunteers along the course more than made up for it in their numbers, enthusiasm, and helpfulness. I would definitely run this race again - as long as I've done a lot of hillwork to prepare and am not trying to PR.